While attending a conference in Grapevine, I took several people who are clients out to dinner. They wanted something close to their hotel, so Tolbert's was my pick, as it was close and also well known.
The restaurant is in the famous downtown Grapevine. It has ample dining space and a bar area with tables. There is also a stage for a live band.
We had eleven in our party, and we sat at two tables next to each other. We order some appetizers and drinks, then ordered our meals. Several of us had the famous Frank's Frito Chili Pie and the Original Texas Red. For those of you who don't know, Frank Tolbert, the owner's father, is the founder of the Terlingua International Chili Championship. So, we figured we could not go wrong with the chili. Others in the group order Center Cut New York Stips and other dishes.
The service was not so good, as our appetizers, onion rings and fried zucchini, did not arrive until our meal arrived. Our waiter was also a little slow on the refills also.
The chili was very good. Spicy, but not burn your mouth hot, just warm it up to a slight tingle warm. I call it just right. Great flavor, small pieces of meat, almost mincied, but not quite.
A must have if you are at Tolbert's. The others who had steaks said theirs were very good, cooked just right with a good flavor. This is coming from people who eat meat four or five times a week, so I trust their judgement on meat.
We skipped dessert and finished in about 1 1/2 hours time. Our group left, and there were two of us remaining. We, unfortunately, were stuck waiting for another member of our group to come pick us up. He was over at another restaurant with another group of clients. Well, it took him about 1 1/2 hours to come get us, so we stayed an had a few beers. This all started at 8 pm sharp.
I was surprised at how fast this restaurant changed in the blink of an eye. The dinner parties started to leave pretty quickly, with a few remaining, but not too many, but the bar scene hopped up immediately. It became what we later coined "cougartown" as the 45-60 year old women started to pour into this place. They were hugging and grabbing every available male in the joint, and outnumbered them about 2 to 1. We just sat there drinking beer and watching the whole thing. The band cranked up about 830 and this place was on fire! It was really a great place for the older crowd if you are into that sort of thing.
I would not pass this place up if you want some good food, but you may want to go before 8 pm with the kids.
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